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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

February 21, 2007
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations
Patricia Samberg, Department of Social Work (218) 726-7854

UMD To Host Workshop on Racial Oppression

"Invisible Wounds of Oppression: Healing Our Clients, Healing Ourselves"
March 5

University of Minnesota Duluth will present a workshop on racial oppression, entitled "Invisible Wounds of Oppression: Healing Our Clients, Healing Ourselves", March 5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UMD Weber Music Hall. The workshop will be presented by nationally recognized diversity consultant, Professor Kenneth V. Hardy.

The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.
To register, contact Patricia Samberg, (218) 726-7854,

The workshop will:

  • Examine the anatomy of racial oppression and its impact on peoples' lives.
  • Explore the ways human service work potentially replicate acts of oppression for its clients who have experienced prejudice and discrimination.
  • Discuss the strategies for uncovering and addressing the invisible wounds of oppression.
  • Encourage the participants to explore how the personal experiences with oppression both enrich and constrain the work of human service practitioners?

The event is sponsored by the UMD Department of Social Work, the UMD Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies and the UMD Chancellor's Diversity Grant.
A book signing by Kenneth V. Hardy will take place at the conclusion of the workshop.

ABOUT DR. Kenneth V. Hardy:
Kenneth V. Hardy currently serves as a Professor of Family Therapy at Syracuse University and is the former Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Trauma of the Ackerman Institute in New York. He presents workshops and provides consultations nationally and internationally on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competency.

Professor Hardy provides training and consultation to human services agencies and school districts and is a frequent contributor to the print media such as USA Today, Jet Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. He has been featured in the electronic media, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, PBS, The Discovery Health Channel, and ABC's 20/20. He recently co-authored the book "Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence." Besides his teaching, public presentations, and publications, Professor Hardy maintains a private practice in New York specializing in working with children and families.

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